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Thomas Hobbes' famous remark on laughter similarly assumes a condition of incongruity: "the passion of laughter is nothing else but a sudden glory" arising from the "sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmities of others, or with our own formerly: for men laugh at the follies of themselves past, when they come suddenly to remembrance, except they bring with them any present dishonour" (54-55).
(6) Such humor Hobbes called "sudden glory," the "apprehension of some deformed thing in another," a sense of "eminency" above the infirmity of others, or beyond one's own former vulnerability.
In pairs, then in single file, we march slowly in feigned solemnity, propping up our unconvincing eminency in ranks of carefully-tuned hierarchy.
(102) Robinson affirmed his views against proud apparel and contentious behavior by reminding those who established Plymouth that they were "not furnished with any persons of special eminency above the rest." They were to choose as their leaders "such persons as do entirely love and will promote the common good," and he admonished them not to be "like the foolish multitude who more honour the gay coat than either the virtuous mind of the man, or glorious ordinance of the Lord." (103) David S.
sudden conception of some eminency in our selves, by comparison with the